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This is part of a series of profiles on the All American Dogs entered in the 2019 AKC Obedience Classic. There will be competition at every level of obedience: Novice, Open, Utility and Masters for dogs that qualified for the event. The annual event takes place Dec. 14-15 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the AKC/Royal Canin National Championship and the AKC Agility Invitational.

Name: I’ll Be Your Huckleberry UD

Call Name: Joker

Age: 8 years

Gender: Male

Obedience Classic Class: Utility

Owner: Shannon Canard

Hometown: Flora, MS

Joker is a rescue dog who was adopted from the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. “It was quite challenging to keep him from escaping,” Shannon said. “He even tried to escape through the fireplace.” Joker is a cancer survivor who is now competing in barn hunts, which is “right up his alley,” said Shannon.